HC Deb 06 April 1909 vol 3 cc1122-3W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the case of a widow named Sarah Heiss, residing in Northampton, who is disquaified from receiving a pension by virtue of her marriage with a German subject in 1863; whether he is aware that Sarah Heiss was born in England of English parents, and has resided here all her life, and that, but for her late husband omitting to take out letters of naturalisation, so preventing her from complying with the provisions of clause 2 (2) of the Old Age Pension Act, she would be entitled to a pension; and whether he will introduce a clause in the Bill to amend the Old Age Pension Act, which it is understood will be shortly introduced, to enable a claimant in the circumstances described to receive a pension?


My attention has been called to this case, and I understand that the facts are substantially as stated. The point involved in such cases will no doubt receive the consideration of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in connection with any Amendment of the Act.